Module 2: perspectives on working with young people: facilitator's guide

4.5 School and peer factors

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Peers can have a great influence on adolescent behaviour in social settings, in many cases more so than their families.

A peer is someone who is of equal standing to a young drug user, is close in age and has experienced much in common with the young person (but may or may not have used drugs heavily) and therefore will be identified with strongly.

A peer does not have to be a close friend, but certainly should be someone that the young person feels comfortable to be around.

Task - brainstorm, group/workplace learning activity, writing exercise

Learners can complete the following tasks during class via group discussion of whiteboard exercise or as a take-away exercise.

Question - In what ways does your organisation engage with schools and peers when working with young people?

Question - Identify some ways that your organisation could become more focused on working with schools and peer networks.

Question - What might stop your organisation from doing this kind of work?

Question - How could you work with schools and peers on issues raised in the community factors section?


Overhead transparency

  • Young people's development involves an interaction between the individual and his/her environment.
  • Individual, family, community, cultural and environmental factors interact together at the same time to have an impact on a young person's development.
  • Young people experience and are changed by a range of social and cultural supports, pressures and expectations.